Nicaraguans celebrate Virgin Mary at traditional event

Nicaraguans came together for a Virgin Mary celebration in Little Havana, Sweetwater, Hialeah and Kendall. BY RODOLFO ROMANSpecial To The Miami HeraldStanding in front of a decorated altar with an image of Virgin Mary, Nicaraguan Maria Vellasquez sang to a statue of the holy figure, which brought back memories. Vellasquez, a Catholic, said praying and…

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Winter fest draws community together

Samson Oceanfront Park was transformed with twinkling lights for the annual Winterfest celebration. BY RODOLFO ROMANSPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALDWind and rain didn’t dampen the holiday spirit in Sunny Isles Beach.Despite wicked weather, hundreds of residents and guests turned out for the annual Sunny Isles Beach Winterfest at the 70,000-square-foot Samson Oceanfront Park, 17425 Collins…

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